wood rat

noun

Definition of wood rat

: any of numerous soft-furred cricetid rodents (especially genus Neotoma) of North and Central America that have well-furred tails, large ears, and a characteristic tendency to hoard food and debris on or near their dens

called also pack rat

Examples of wood rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pack rats, also known as wood rats, are notorious for collecting an odd assortment of items from their surroundings to make their nests, called middens. Sadie Witkowski, Smithsonian, "From Ancient Seeds to Scraps of Clothing, Rats’ Nests Are Full of Treasures," 15 Nov. 2019 And many of the reporters who held the job later considered her the best, churning out stories on everything from backdoor political deals to disappearing wood rats. Jenny Staletovich And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Juanita Greene, pioneering environmental reporter and activist, dies at 93," 3 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of wood rat

1763, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20rat. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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